How to make a pine cone bird feeder

ingredients for making pine cone bird feeders

Would you like to know how to make a simple pine cone bird feeder. So simple it’s even a great activity for toddlers right through to much older children. Nature crafts like this are great outdoor activities for children.

I made some of these peanut butter bird feeders last week with my youngest (2 years old). It’s such a simple activity she was able to do most of the steps herself with some direction from me. She also really enjoyed hanging the finished bird feeders up on a tree in our garden. Now we just need to hope that we spot some birds eating them.  

Ingredients for making peanut butter bird feeders

We’ve made bird feeders before as there are so many different methods. Another great bird feeder for toddlers to make is to thread hoops on to pipe cleaners and then twist the ends together to form a loop. Again these can be hung from a tree in your garden.

I’ve also made pine cone bird feeders before but last time we used lard. The downside was that it involved melting the lard so the activity was not as toddler-friendly as this method. In case you are wondering peanut butter is suitable for birds to eat, find out more here.

You can find a lot more information on what to feed birds in this article from RSPB.  

Making a pine cone bird feeder

You will need:

Pine cones Twine or string Peanut butter Birdseed mix

Toddler spreading peanut butter on pine cone

How to make a pine cone bird feeder

Take a length of string or twine about 10 cm long and use it to make a loop for hanging the pine cone up. To do this I started by tying the string in the middle, around the top of the pine cone. I then tied the two ends together to form a loop.

Next, spoon the peanut butter on to the pine cone and use a knife to spread it around the pine cone. I gave my toddler a blunt knife from a toddler cutlery set and she spread the peanut butter herself which she enjoyed.

Spread some bird seeds out on a plate and then roll the pine cone in them so the seeds stick to the peanut butter.  

toddler hand placing seeds on peanut butter pine cone

Take the peanut butter bird feeder outside and hang it up in the garden. Then watch the birds come to feed.

So there you have it, super simple bird feeders. Have you made bird feeders before? Let me know in the comments.  

Pine cone bird feeder to a tree

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